25 Films of Christmas: Gremlins

Posted: December 14, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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With Christmas just a little more than a week away I’m sure all of you have your shopping done. Whats that…you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, still got a few more gifts to buy for loved ones. Well have I gotta deal for you. Its the cutest, cuddliest little creature you’ve ever seen, requires no batteries and only comes with three rules you must follow. 1. Keep him away from bright lights, especially sunlight. 2. Never get him wet. 3. Never, ever, no matter how much he may beg, never feed him after midnight. If you can follow those rules then lets talk about tonights Christmas movie…Gremlins.

Traveling salesman/inventor Randall Peltzer is headed home for Christmas and grabs his son Billy a last minute gift. A Mogwai, which he acquired through a shady deal with a shop owners grandson. He brings the cute critter home, names him Gizmo and everyone falls in love, cause he’s so damn cute. You know the rules are getting broken right. First Gizmo gets wet and apparently thats how Mogwais reproduce. Poor little guys. Anyway we might as well break another rule. Why don’t we feed Gizmos spawn after midnight? Turns out if that happens they cocoon and turn into evil little hate filled, sharp toothed bastards and start to wreak havoc. Theres some laughs, an evil old lady gets her comeuppance and in the end we learn what happens when Gremlins are exposed to sunlight.

This was one of those rare Christmas movies that scared the shit out of me as a kid. I watched it for the first time in a theater with my pop and maybe four other people. Loved watching this movie as a kid and still enjoy it as an adult. I try every year to catch it at least once as I’m flipping through the channels in the weeks leading up to the big day. For those reasons and more, Gremlins gets a ranking of: I’m Sorry. Mogwai Not For Sale. Till next time friends, stay entertained.




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